The French Art of Passimenterie

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Happy New Year readers!

I would like to focus on a trend that is all set to gain popularity this year. The craft of Passimenterie, which was highlighted in my last blog. The French word is new to me but the art is not.  Curiosity for the beautiful craft has probed me to delve a little further.

What exactly is it?

Passimenterie is the art of making elaborate trimmings or edgings of applied braid, gold or silver cord, embroidery, coloured silk, or beads for clothing or furnishings.

Handwork contributes to 80% of the overall production. It originated in France in 16th Century and indicated status or wealth.

The formal guilds taught decorative passimenterie and the apprenticeship would last 7 years. Thereafter, a...